Cenk Ozkacar will become Valencia’s first reinforcement. The Mestalla club has already informed the footballer that he will make the purchase option for 5 million effective. As published by AS, the signing of Cenk was among the plans of Miguel Ángel Corona and the Turk will sign until 2028. Thus, the decision of the sports director prevails, the main supporter of the incorporation of the Turk, who arrived last summer at Mestalla as a on loan from Lyon.
Cenk, at 22, went on vacation pending his future. Valencia had to make a decision because the term to make that purchase option effective was coming to an end and the club already has a contractual agreement with the footballer. In the signing of Cenk, who He has played 17 games this season, 11 of them with Rubén Baraja, the investment as an asset (age/amortization/salary) is more premium than their performance, which has been irregular.
Cenk’s ownership will mean that Valencia starts the summer with four central defenders with a current contract: Diakhaby, renewed last year, Cömert, signed in the January 2022 market, Gabriel Paulista, who only has one year left. linking, and the aforementioned Cenk. In addition, Valencia has several homegrown players who are knocking on the door of the first team, such as Mosquera, Iranzo, Tárraga, Facu or Yareck. Once the hiring of Cenk is made official, Valencia will study the departure of one or more of the rest of the first team’s central defenders.
Gabriel Paulista, Due to his high salary, he is the first on the list, although it does not seem to be an easy operation, since the Brazilian has already expressed his intention to fulfill his contract. diakhabyFor its part, it renewed in January until 2027, although this does not mean that it is no longer on the market. That renewal prevented the footballer from being released this summer, although in turn it made him one of the four players with the highest salary in the current squad. Now, with a long-term contract to be able to negotiate, Valencia will listen to offers for the French center-back.